The disappearance of the Mayan nation has captivated archaeologists for decades. What happened to these obviously powerful people and what was their world like? These questions are partially answered in the program Nova: Lost King of the Maya. The city of Copan was headed by a militaristic leader who achieved legendary status. Information gleaned from crumbling ruins and faded hieroglyphics provides some clues as to the lifestyle of the Mayans. Nova follows Bill Flash into the Central American jungle as he strives to understand this lost civilization.